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Load shedding drives hosting boom

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As load shedding continues to grip South Africa, Internet Solutions (IS)  is gearing up for the steady increase in demand for hosting facilities from both existing and new customers.  

Greg Montjoie, hosting business unit manager, says that IS installed more hosting space in 2007 than in the previous 10 years in existence.
“With the Eskom load shedding impacting our customers' own in-house facilities, our data centre space is being consumed at an unprecedented rate as people look for stable, clean power,” he says.
“To facilitate this demand our operations teams has been working round the clock to get the IS data centres expanded and built to complete installations as fast as possible.”
The current Bryanston facility is being upgraded, and visitors will have seen the new power centre being built on the Eastern Side of The Campus. The Bryanston data centre is being expanded to give additional floor space – all of which is scheduled to be completed this week.
“These expansions have been absolutely necessary,” says Montjoie. "Our installation teams are also gearing up for the increase in new installations, once the new power plant is operational.  We have planned for this and intend to minimise installation time as we have pre-prepped servers ready and waiting.”
Montjoie adds that the Rosebank data centre has also been included in the expansion plans.
“We have purchased the Parklands building next door to the current facility and will have additional space available in the first week in March. Other plans are in place to expand Rosebank even further in the near future as those customers expand and upgrade.”